Welcome to Bristol Bridge Club

 

Bristol Bridge Club aims to provide facilities and opportunities for all its members to enjoy playing and learning bridge, no matter at what level. Beginner or international.

We are a large club and are able to offer playing sessions that suit all levels of ability. Non-members are always welcome.

The club has its own premises and we are situated near the centre of Bristol in Hotwells. The club consists of a large playing room with a smaller area for classes and a licensed bar that also offers light refreshments.

The club plays duplicate bridge on most days of the week, usually with a qualified director.

The club is affiliated to the English Bridge Union (EBU), via the Avon Contract Bridge Association (ACBA).

BRISTOL BRIDGE CLUB is a charity and it has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1167959.

There is car parking close by.

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Hand of the Week

Week 69

In the bidding the ability to realise a hand has turned to dust will cause you to avoid some serious penalties.
 
You hold 
 
KQ
KJxx
Ax
AQxxx
 
At game all playing teams you open 1c and hear lho bid 1h pass 2d ?
 
Your nice hand has turned to dust since the heart values are now badly placed and you have  limited prospects of a spade fit and only a moderate club suit.
 
If you take a second bid you will lose a sizeable penalty on a part score hand .Pass here is clear cut.
 
Playing teams in particular it is dangerous to bid in situations where the potential gain is a part score whereas the down side is losing a significant penalty .If the reward is low and the risk is high it  is a situation when going quietly playing teams is the most prudent action.
 
I recollect the biggest hand upon which I did not bid .It is Teams scoring and the opposition are vulnerable and you are not and you hear 1s to your right and you hold 
 
AKJTx
K
AQxx
AQx
 

 

Vulnerability is always a factor and here with them vulnerable and you not vulnerable you can defend 1s and anticipate that it will go around 3 off for 300 to your side against at most a not vulnerable game worth 400 so not much difference.It is true if partner holds a long minor you may  be able to make a slam but the odds favour them holding hearts rather than a minor. 

Week 68

 

First we have a play problem courtesy of Andrew Robson which involves counting and inference. 3nt is the contract on the lead of the two of clubs 

xxx
AQTx
Kxx
Axx

Txx
Kxx
AQx
Kxxx

You can count 8 top tricks and so we need a fourth heart trick for our contract. Based on the club lead we reason that playing the heart suit from the top offers the best chance since it is more likely that rho holds length in the suit since he only holds two clubs. Can you see a small extra chance? 

It costs us nothing to cash two top diamonds and lo and behold lho discards on the second of these.The whole hand has now become an open book since lho led his fourth highest club and holds a singleton diamond so must be 4 4 1 4 shape since otherwise they would have led their five card suit so with this information to hand we cash two to hearts and finesse the heart ten for the contract.

Next a spade game contract which requires good timing to make.

Axx
Xxx
Xxxx
Axx

Kxxxx
AKxx
AK
Xx

The lead is CK. A count of winners and losers reveals a club loser one trump if the suit breaks 3 -2 and one heart with the danger of a second heart loser if the suit is not 3-3.

We should like to be able to ruff our fourth heart to cater for the suit being 4-2 but how to arrange that?

At the table declarer cashed two top trumps and nodded when they broke 3-2 and then played Ace, King and a third heart but the defence won cashed SQ and still had a long heart to defeat the contract with the suit not dividing evenly. Playing three rounds of hearts before drawing trumps would also fail as West can win and play a fourth heart promoting a second trick for partner. 

It is good technique to duck the opening lead since we may then be able to keep the danger hand off lead. The key play here is not easy to see but try the effect of ducking the first round of hearts. The defence will doubtless cash their club and play another round we ruff and can now play two high trumps and then turn to hearts playing ace king and ruffing the fourth round in dummy with the master trump still at large as our only other loser. The difference with this line is the defence are unable to draw a third round  of trumps or promote a trump trick.

Week 67

 

Many Bridge publications have bidding competitions where you are provided with a single hand and given a bidding sequence and you must then choose the best bid.

I confess at one time I loved these problems and think it provides one with a stronger judgment in the bidding and that crucial ability to visualise the whole hand.

Try your hand at the following problem 

x
Txxx
Jxxx
AKJx

The bidding goes three passes to partner who opens  1d you respond 1h lets say and now partner bids 1s? As an aside you might decide to support diamonds immediately but you would maybe only do that on a dead minimum with a poor four card major.

Your next bid is of course a choice between bidding 2d and 3d, to bid no trumps rather than showing our support for partner would be a bad mistake .The hand is far from minimum so the latter is ok but say you bid 2d partner continues with 2nt now what?

This is the point where you must do some serious visualisation of the hand .First what shape is partner? In my usual style they will hold five diamonds and four spades together with a club guard and since Qxx in clubs is very likely here because of our own club holding that leaves a singleton heart or at most two cards in the suit.

Your hand on a scale of one to ten where one is dreadful and ten superb is worth eleven! So you must show some serious life and also immediately reject no trumps as a place to play .Our previous bid of two diamonds was an underbid and we know diamonds is the correct contract as partner is showing around sixteen to eighteen points here so a bid of Five diamonds is in order the only worry being we might miss slam.

Partner held 

AKJx
X
AKxxx
Qxx

So six diamonds was reasonable and would you believe that many pairs played in three no trumps. If you can picture the shape opposite which is not difficult here then the final contract becomes clear.

 

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